It was vintage Jose Reyes Friday night in Miami, as he virtually single-handedly gave the Mets a win in the opener of a big series with the Marlins.
Reyes put the Mets on the board in the first almost all by himself. He led off with a double, stole second and scored on a Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice fly.
Reyes made it 2-0 on a single in the fourth.
But the lead was erased on one swing of the bat of Christian Yelich in the sixth — the two-run blast tied the score.
That was the only blemish for Logan Verrett, who went 5.1 innings, allowing just those two runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked one.
The Mets took the lead in the seventh thanks to Reyes again. He singled, went to third on a Curtis Granderson single and scored on another Cespedes sac fly.
James Loney added two huge insurance runs in the ninth with a two-run homer to make it 5-2.
Hansel Robles got the win and Jeurys Familia picked up his 34th save of the season (and 50th consecutive save dating back to last year) despite allowing a run in the ninth.
Reyes went 3-5 on the night with two runs scored and an RBI.
Mets win 5-3 and are now a half a game behind Miami, which is sitting in the second Wild Card slot.